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29 Incredibly Useful Websites You Wish You Knew Earlier

29 Incredibly Useful Websites You Wish You Knew Earlier

There are so many wonderful websites around, and it is difficult to know each and every one of them. The below list provides some of those websites that I find particularly helpful, even though they are not as famous or as prevalent as some of the big names out there.

1. BugMeNot

Are you bugged constantly to sign up for websites, even though you do not wish to share your email? If yes, then BugMeNot is for you. Instead of creating new logins, BugMeNot has shared logins across thousands of websites which can be used.

BugMeNot

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    2. Get Notify

    This nifty little website tracks whether the emails sent by you were opened and read by the receiver. Moreover, it also provides the recipient’s IP Address, location, browser details, and more.

    getNotify

      3. Zero Dollar Movies

      If you are on a constant lookout of free full length movies, then Zero Dollar movies provides a collection of over 15,000 movies in multiple languages that are available to watch for free on Youtube. It indexes only full length movies and no trailers, or partial uploads. In addition, it has a clean interface, contributing to a good movie watching experience.

      ZeroDollarMovie

        4. Livestream

        Livestream allows you to watch and broadcast events live to viewers on any platform. For the next time when you want to share your company’s annual CEO speech live to employees who are on remote locations, Livestream serves as a perfect platform.

        LiveStream

          5. scr.im

          scr.im converts your email address into a short custom URLs, that can be shared on public websites. This prevents your email id from getting picked up by spam robots, and email harvesters who are on a constant lookout from your email id.

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            6. TinEye

            TinEye is a Reverse Image search tool which is as accurate as Google’s Reverse Image search tool. As opposed to Google, TinEye provides a set of APIs that can be used for personal and commercial purposes, which makes it very useful for developers.

            TinEye

              7. Fax Zero

              Fax Zero allows you to send faxes to US and Canada for free. Additionally, it enables you to send faxes to countries outside North America at a fixed pay per use cost.

              FaxZero

                8. Snopes

                Do you believe that fingernails and hair continue to grow after death? Why don’t you check out if this is true, along with thousands of other urban folklore out there, at Snopes?

                Snopes

                  9. Stickk

                  Is it difficult for you to stick to goals ? If yes, then let Stickk help you reach your goals. It makes use of commitment contracts to empower you to better your lifestyle.

                  Stickk

                    10. Boxoh

                    Boxoh can track the status of any shipment package on Google Maps.

                    BoxOH

                      11. PicMonkey

                      PicMonkey is an online Image editor, that allows you to touch up your images. Also, you can apply different effects, fonts, and designs to your images. It is a perfect tool to create pins for Pinterest and  awesome looking Facebook covers.

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                      PicMonkey

                        12. Trello

                        Trello is a great online tool for organizing just about anything using Kanban style cards. It provides a highly visual way for Online Collaboration, and is a simple free tool for Task and Project Management.

                        Trello

                          13. Short Reckonings

                          Short Reckonings is an online tool to keep track of shared expenses. It is deceptively simple, easy to use, and allows you to enter expenses with the fewest possible clicks. A clean, ad-free interface adds to the charm of this simple website.

                          ShortReck

                            14. Memrise

                            Do you fancy learning new things in small byte sized packages? If yes, then Memrise is for you. The additive nature of gaming combined with memory improvement makes this an excellent resource.

                            memrise

                              15. Instructables

                              Instructables provides instructions to help you build just about anything you can imagine. It provides a platform for people to explore, document, and share their creations.

                              instructable

                                16. join.me

                                In today’s world, where collaboration across multiple stakeholders is key, join.me provides an online platform to share desktop screens. Record audio for meetings conducted with participants not in the same room. In addition, it is a simple tool to share your screen with just about anybody on the web.

                                JOIN.ME

                                  17. Sync.in

                                  Sync.in allows multiple people to edit documents and notes in real time. It is a great tool for online collaboration.

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                                    18. Privnote

                                    Do you wish to share notes and information that self destructs immediately after it is read ? Privnote does exactly that.

                                    PrivNote

                                      19. ScribbleMaps

                                      Have you ever wanted to place your personal markers, shapes, and scribbles on Google Maps? Even though Google Maps does not allow that, ScribbleMaps does, and it does a great job at it.

                                      ScribbleMaps

                                        20. TripIt

                                        TripIt is a painless way to organize all the details of your vacation or business trip. Forget your flight time? Can’t find the e-mail with your hotel’s address? That won’t happen with TripIt, which keeps your itinerary in one place.

                                        tripIt

                                          21. Skyscanner

                                          Skyscanner is a leading global travel search site, providing instant online comparisons for millions of flights on over a thousand airlines, as well as car hire and hotels.

                                          Skyscanner

                                            22. Hostel Bookers

                                            Hostel Bookers is one of the best search engines to search for cheap hostels and hotels while backpacking or traveling around the globe.

                                            hostelbookers

                                              23. Fitday

                                              Fitday allows you to track you diet and weight loss through its journal. The personal dietician and free articles on nutrition and weight loss on their site are a great bonus.

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                                                24. Endomondo

                                                Endomondo is a mobile app that allows you to track your workouts. The website allows detailed analysis of your training, that makes it a valuable tool to understand and plan your workouts.

                                                endomondo

                                                  25. My Fitness Pal

                                                  If counting calories is your main goal, then My Fitness Pal is the best web and mobile application out there. The service has a massive database of meals and exercises to make it easy to accurately count calories.

                                                  My Fitness Pal

                                                    26. Fuelly

                                                    Fuelly tracks the gas mileage for your cars and helps you to analyze, share, and compare your vehicles fuel consumption.

                                                    fuelly

                                                      27. 3-Minute Journal

                                                      3 Minute Journal is different than most other Journals out there. This application allows you to track your moods, achievements, failures, and moments of gratitude. In addition, it does great analysis over these parameters.

                                                      3minJournal

                                                        28. 750 Words

                                                        750 Words is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; that advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

                                                        750 words

                                                          29. Kiva

                                                          Kiva is a micro finance website, that attempts to leverage the Internet and a worldwide distribution of micro-finance institutions. It alleviates poverty by connecting lenders to people in need.

                                                          Kiva

                                                            Do you have other favorite sites that you find incredibly useful?

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                                                            40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                                            40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                                                            Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                                                            There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                                                            Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                                                            It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                                                            Productivity apps to help you get things done

                                                            1. OmniFocus

                                                            This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              2. Forest

                                                              Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                3. Things

                                                                Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  4. 30/30

                                                                  Recently covered here at Lifehack

                                                                  , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    5. Any.Do

                                                                    A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      6. PocketLife Calendar

                                                                      This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        7. Asana

                                                                        We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                                                        , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                                                        Download it here.

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                                                                          8. ToDoist

                                                                          This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            9. FlowTasks

                                                                            From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              10. Calendars 5

                                                                              This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                                                                A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  12. Due

                                                                                  A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    13. Checkmark 2

                                                                                    I use this app

                                                                                    for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      14. TeuxDeux

                                                                                      Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        15. Wunderlist 

                                                                                        Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                                                                        Download it here.

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                                                                                          16. Nirvana

                                                                                          For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            17. Priorities

                                                                                            An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              Productivity apps that help you build habits

                                                                                              18. Productive

                                                                                              With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                                                                You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                  20. Streaks

                                                                                                  This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                    21. Remember The Milk

                                                                                                    Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                      22. Day One Journal

                                                                                                      When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                        Productivity apps that makes organization easy

                                                                                                        23. Evernote

                                                                                                        Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                          24. Pocket

                                                                                                          You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                                                          Download it here.

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                                                                                                            25. Sync.Me

                                                                                                            This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                              26. Droplr

                                                                                                              One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                27. Dropbox

                                                                                                                Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                  28. iDolly 

                                                                                                                  In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                                                                  Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                                    29. Soulver

                                                                                                                    It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                                      Productivity apps that help you work smart

                                                                                                                      30. Captio

                                                                                                                      A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                                        31. Drafts

                                                                                                                        A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                                          32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                                                          This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                                                          Download it here.

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                                                                                                                            33. Doodle

                                                                                                                            This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                                              34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                                                              I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                                35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                                                                A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                                  36. GoodReader

                                                                                                                                  This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                                                    37. LogMeIn

                                                                                                                                    Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                                                      Productivity apps that improve security

                                                                                                                                      38. 1Password

                                                                                                                                      There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                                                        39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                                                                        You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                                                                        All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                                                          40. Truecallers

                                                                                                                                          Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                                                            There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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